Former Viking Brad Culpepper Sued for Insurance Fraud After ‘Survivor’ Appearance (Video)


You older fans may remember Brad Culpepper. The one-time Florida defensive tackle was a 10th round draft pick of the Vikings in 1992 who went on to play nine years in the NFL, mostly with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Culpepper has been busy lately doing battle with an insurance company that is claiming he committed fraud against them.

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Several years ago, Culpepper won a $175,000 workers comp claim for permanent disabilities caused by injuries suffered while playing the NFL. The insurance company found it interesting that, after taking the money, Culpepper popped up on the show Survivor looking anything but disabled (via ABC):

"According to a civil lawsuit, Culpepper told doctors of “low back pain and stiffness which is almost always present,” and said he had “quite a bit of difficulty… getting into or out of the bath and performing heavy activities around his home.”Yet, on the Survivor episode, aired in 2013 and filmed on a remote island in the Philippines, Culpepper leads his team through a series of strenuous tasks: paddling a canoe, diving under water repeatedly, retrieving large crates and stacking them on the shore."

In an interview with ABC, Culpepper claims he had a back procedure shortly before appearing on Survivor and was on pain medication during filming. The insurance company says Culpepper “willfully and deceptively provided false information” to doctors in order to claim his cash.

In a video clip, Culpepper shows off the old football injuries he claims have led to permanent pain and disability.

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